Australian helmer Fred Schepisi, whose “Empire Falls” won two Golden Globes, has been named president of the international jury at the Bangkok Film Festival, which runs Feb. 17-27.
His jurors include actor-director Charles Dance, thesp-scribe Julie Delpy, actress Nancy Kwan (“Flower Drum Song”), producer Donald Ranvaud (“The Constant Gardener”) and Thai director Pantham Thongsang (“I-Fak”).
They will award Golden Kinnarrees for film, director, actress and actor from the 12 films in competition, including “Transamerica” and “Mrs. Henderson Presents,” on Feb. 24.
Thai helmer Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s “Invisible Waves” will open the fest, while Chris Columbus’ “Rent” has been selected for the closing night gala.
George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck” will be among 10 special presentations.
Fest, in its fifth year, will unspool more than 150 films, its largest lineup to date, in sidebars including New Voice, Reel World, Documentaries (with a spotlight on dance), Cinematographers Day (featuring, among others, the work of Gene Kelly), German Animation, Windows on the World and the Thai Panorama.
“The Consequences of Love” (Italy), Paolo Sorrentino
“House of Sand” (Brazil), Andrucha Waddington
“Invisible Waves” (Thailand), Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
“Istanbul Tales” (Turkey), Umit Unal, Kudret Sabanci, Elim Demirdelen, Yucel Yolcu, Omur Atay
“Mrs. Henderson Presents” (U.K.), Stephen Frears
“The Ring Finger” (France), Diane Bertrand
“River Queen” (New Zealand/U.K.), Vincent Ward
“Sympathy for Lady Vengeance” (South Korea), Park Chan-Wook
“Transamerica” (U.S.), Duncan Tucker
“Tsotsi” (South Africa/U.K.), Gavin Hood
“Water” (Canada/India), Deepa Mehta
“The White Massai” (Germany), Hermine Huntgeburth
“3 Friends” (Thailand), Mingmongkol Sonakul, Pumin Chinaradee, Aditya Assarat
“Bride of Silence” (Vietnam/Germany/Australia), Doan Minh Phuong, Doàn Thanh Nghia
“The Burnt Theater” (France/Cambodia), Rithy Panh
“Gie” (Indonesia), Riri Riza
“Goalposts & Lipsticks” (Malaysia), Bernard Chauly
“The Gravel Road” (Malaysia), Deepak Kumaran
“Joni’s Promise” (Indonesia), Joko Anwar
“Journey From the Fall” (Thailand/U.S./Vietnam), Ham Tran
“Magdalena: The Unholy Saint” (Philippines), Laurice Guillen
“The Masseur” (Philippines), Brillante Mendoza
“Monday Morning Glory” (Malaysia), Woo Ming Jin
“The Tin Mine” (Thailand), Jira Maligool
“Unarmed Combat” (Singapore), Han Yew Kwang
International Documentary Competition
“Africa United” (Iceland), Olaf Johannesson
“The Art of Flight” (Sudan/Egypt), Davin Anders Hutchins
“Before the Flood” (China), Li Yifan, Yan Yu
“Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul” (Germany/Turkey), Fatih Akin
“The Giant Buddhas” (Switzerland), Christian Frei
“In the Shadow of the Palms” (Australia), Wayne Coles-Janess
“Linda & Ali: Two Worlds Within Four Walls” (Belgium/France/Germany/Sweden/Finland), Lut Vandekeybus
“Nice Hat! 5 Enigmas in the Life of Cambodia” (Canada/Cambodia), David Brisbin
“Vajra Sky Over Tibet” (Tibet/China/U.S.), John Bush